Writing Workshop

The writing for conservation workshop guides participants through the process of writing a scientific paper for publication.

The call for applications to our 2024 Writing for Conservation workshop is now closed.

About the Writing for Conservation workshop

This workshop is facilitated by the editorial team of Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation. Through a series of interactive sessions, the course takes participants through the full process of planning, preparing and writing a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal of conservation or ecology (or a related field).

A prerequisite is that participants have a draft manuscript or a set of data from a research project that they would like to write up as a manuscript intended for submission to a relevant journal. The data could be part of an article in preparation or of one that has been previously rejected by a journal. The workshop provides an overview of the course, scientific writing for journals in general, software tools for analysis and writing, structuring data and guidance on the format of a scientific article, the preparation and submission process, general dos and don’ts, and an editor’s tips for success.

Appropriate communication, at both the national and international levels, is a neglected skill which is not often prioritised by conservationists and ecologists. The ability and confidence to publish in peer-reviewed journals is an essential part of communicating research and results and is also important for professional development. However, successful publication can be a major hurdle, especially for early career conservationists. The Writing for Conservation workshop aims to change that and give conservationists a skill for life.